Healing Wounds that are Still Bleeding

On Tuesday 31st January Pope Francis flies to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and on 3rd February he travels on to South Sudan in an apostolic journey of great significance. The conflict in the eastern part of DRC has seen 6 million lives lost since

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Praying for Benedict…and Listening to Him!

THIS PICTURE [see newsletter] shows Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to England and Scotland in 2010, when he spent a morning at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, meeting and addressing a large number of pupils and staff from Catholic schools throughout the country. Many of us have happy memories of

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Better Together

When we come together in the parish whether it be for the Mass, the sacraments, the worship and praise, the social events and various meetings of one kind or another, we should always try to see them as opportunities for growth, to draw closer to those we interact with and

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God Loves a Cheerful Giver

For each month of the year the Holy Father chooses a specific prayer intention. Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December is for voluntary organisations and charities; so, this month we give thanks for volunteers, those who give selflessly and generously of their time to help others. As the Holy Father

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Novena at Home

St. Paul mentioned the Church in the household in his letter to the Corinthians (1Cor.16.19) to show that the ecclesia gathering starts from the private houses. The home of Aquila and Priscilla can be seen as an example of the Church that is in the house. Every Christian home is

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New Year, Fresh Start

ONE OF THE KEY FIGURES of the season of Advent, beginning this weekend, is Isaiah, shown here to the left of the Nativity scene (Duccio, Nativity with Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, National Gallery of Art, New York,  At Mass today we hear these rousing words from chapter two of his

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A Land of Strangers

SOME OF YOU came to the day conference at St Mary’s University last Tuesday, The Catholic Church and International Relations, organised by the university’s Masters’ programmes in Catholic Social Teaching and Diplomacy and International Relations. The final keynote speaker was Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio (that is, the Pope’s ambassador)

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One Wedding, Twelve Baptisms and a Funeral

On the 5th November 2021 Archbishop John laid his hands gently on my head and called down the Holy Spirit in the act of ordination. On that day my life was changed forever, and so were those of my brother deacons John Fogarty and Con Diver. We three were ordained

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Monarchy, Continuity and Change

Despite the massive wave of sorrow that followed the death of Queen Elizabeth, many people in this country continue to attack the whole idea of monarchy as being out of place in a 21st Century democracy. If the King wields any power, runs the argument, it is deplorable that a

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